I not entirely sure how usage should be entered, if at all. However I have read about it and feel others would appreciate the term explained. I think its a great use of the term Lens to describe a particular type of web page.
Squidoo.com (A porthole for lens running since 2005 by my estimates from archive.org) has a definition for the term with the following meaning.
- A lens is one person's view on a topic that matters to her. It's an easy-to-build, single web page that can point to blogs, favorite links, RSS feeds, Flickr photos, Google maps, your eBay auctions, CafePress designs, Amazon books or music, and more....
The reference is here, http://www.squidoo.com/pages/faq
However, before I went to the website I was reading a ebook titled Everybody is an expert (about something) by Seth Godin (is a free download) It give a lot of insight into how lens work as opposed to portholes, or other forms of listing of content. I also understand why the terms usage was invented. Lens describes clearly what this type of web page is trying to achieve. Also the main crux I gather from reading the book is about peer review of the source, about trusting and evaluating the source and even peer adding. What is clear however a Lens is not a blog but a blog can be made into Lens.
--Joe 02:14, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
I have also found the term Len in the context described in speeches presented at the TED conferences. TED I'm sorry I didn't have a notepad at the time when I watched the conferences to confirm usage. I will endevour to capture examples of public popular usage of the term.
--Joe 07:22, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
Word "lens" can refer to either single concave (or convex) piece of glass (or other transparent material) or it can refer to assembly of such pieces of glass (which might include other components (such as frame, which holds it together)). Translations of these two meanings, at least in some languages, might be different. -Yyy 09:46, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
Logic says that the vowel in this word is unlikely to be long due to the fact that it is followed by a consonant cluster. There is a reference for "lēns" in the Perseus Project but it is an obscure one compared to the usual ones. --184.108.40.206 15:28, 7 January 2012 (UTC)